Eclectic

Jumping into the month of May with so much great new music…and a some choice older music as well. Some excellent new tunes including Patra’s “Sweet Reggae Music”, Malika Madremana’s “Good People”, The RBC’s “Never Get Burn”, and J Boog’s “I’ve Got the Handle” (Jacob Miller tribute). More fine new sounds from Dub Campaign, YesKing, Dub Caravan meets Hornsman Coyote, Sgt. Remo & McPullish, Slightly Stoopid/Righteous Dub, DubRaJah, Version Xcursion, and Mutant Frogs. Filling out our eclectix were the likes of Transglobal Underground, SOJA, Bill Laswell, Infinite Third, King Tubby, Lee Perry & ERM, Big Youth, Hotdrop, Dub Trio, The Drastics, The Skatalites, Jazmin Tutum, and more…

Back To Frankenstein – A young college student has to write a book report on Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”. She borrows a time machine from another student and goes back to Europe to interview the author personally. By Les Light and the Univ. of California Davis Radio Theater.

Pigeon Carrier Mix

Preempted by a Jazz Concert at the Walker. Will be back in the saddle on May 10.

Exploring “foreign sounds”, perhaps… traveling to far-flung, “exotic” or off the beaten path regions of our world…

Tonight, to culminate National Poetry Month, the Echo Chamber presented the annual “Word Beat I Powa” dub poetry, beat poetry, hip-hop poetry, and spoken word special. Of course, it was dub poetry that set the foundation of the show. And at the base of that foundation tonight was the great poet Mutabaruka – who appeared On April 9th of this year at Macalester College, in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Caribbean Students Association of Macalester presented “Resisting Oppression program: JaMinn with Rastafarian Poet Mutabaruka”. An excerpt of his performance shows up in a very special “Word Sound I Powa” half-hour mix put together by artist & friend of the show Eggblood. Also, Dr. StrangeDub’s interview of Muta from the same night is also part of the program.

Among the other dub poets featured were Jazzmin Tutum, Yasus Afari, Oku Onoura, Haji Mike (with Dub Caravan), Spaceape (with Dub Gabriel), Ras Takura, Oliver Smith, Jean Binta Breeze, Malachi Smith, and of course, the incomparable Linton Kwesi Johnson. But there was much more than dub poetry… From the Beat camp we had Jack Kerouac, and Umar Bin Hassan (of The Last Poets) joined Qaballah Steppers with “Trust” in Eggblood’s mix. Other voices included Ken Nordine’s unique ‘word jazz’; the powerful words and music of Liberian born artist/poet (and KFAI DJ), e.g. bailey; and The Last Skeptik (ft. Jehst) with the fresh track “Lullaby” (on BBE Records). Ahh, but let us not forget the extraordinary Jamaican DJs. Before there was dub poetry as we know it today, there was already the great tradition of Jamaican “toasters”. DJ Baby Swiss highlighted the art of toasting with I-Roy, Nica Smart, Rhoda Dakar, Ranking Roger, Clint Eastwood & General Saint, Ranking Ann, and George Nooks & Trinity, and StrangeDub added U-Roy (with Horace Andy). Heck, we even had a few snippets from Ruby the Galactic Gumshoe, and Walter Cronkite. What an eclectic mix of words…and beats…and Powa!

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